Pheasant under glass

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Male common pheasant

Pheasant under glass (faison sous cloche) is a poultry dish generally composed of the breast of pheasant with shallots in a reduced wine sauce, although recipes will vary.[1] While the dish has waned in popularity over many decades,[2] it remains a cultural icon for many in westernized countries. Pheasant under glass is traditionally served on a plate that is covered with a glass dome.[1]

Pheasant body weight can range from 0.5 to 3 kg (1.1 to 6.6 lb), with males averaging 1.2 kg (2.6 lb) and females averaging 0.9 kg (2.0 lb).,[3] although only the breast is used for this dish.[4]

In culture

Pheasant under glass is considered haute cuisine, and a luxury, although consumption of pheasant in general is less common than at the beginning of the 20th century. In literature, consumption of the dish is often used as a vehicle noting the wealth or extravagance of the character, or as one author described it "the hoitiest of toity cuisine".[2]

A recipe for Faison Sous Cloche (Breast of Pheasant Under Glass) appears in Mary and Vincent Price's 1965 Treasury of Great Recipes. According to the Treasury, the recipe dates to the 1940s by Roy Alciatore of the famous Antoine's Restaurant in New Orleans, and the pheasant is served under glass to keep it "hot and appetizingly visible."[5][6]

In the book International Business culture is described as

In everyday usage, the term "culture" refers to the finer things in life, such as the fine arts, literature, and philosophy. Under this very narrow definition of culture, the "cultured person" is one who prefers Handel to hard rock; can distinguish between the artistic styles of Monet and Manet; prefers pheasant under glass to grits and red-eye gravy, and 12-year-old Chivas Regal to Budweiser; and spends his/her time reading Aristotle or Marx rather than watching wrestling on television.[7]

The apparent extravagance of the dish is similar to that of caviar, and similar to but less controversial than pâté or ortolan.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ a b Callahan, P.; Pelzel, R.; Stewart, M. (2011). Bite by Bite: 100 Stylish Little Plates You Can Make for Any Party. Clarkson Potter. pp. 118–119. ISBN 978-0-307-71879-2. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Dalby, Lisa (2007). East Wind Melts the Ice: A Memoir Through the Seasons. University of California Press. p. 277. ISBN 978-0-520-25053-6.
  3. ^ "Ring-necked Pheasant". All About Birds. Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Retrieved 25 April 2011.
  4. ^ "What is Pheasant Under Glass?". Ochef. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  5. ^ Cook, Ginger (21 May 2018). "Pheasant Under Glass Recipe -".
  6. ^ Sidney, Deana (9 December 2010). "Vincent Price and Pheasant Under Glass". lostpastremembered. Retrieved 19 January 2022. Features a copy of a 1940s Antoine's menu.
  7. ^ Katsioloudes, Marios; Hadjidakis, Spyros (2007). "The Culture Challenge in International Business". International Business:A Global Perspective. Elsevier. p. 34. ISBN 978-0-7506-7983-1.

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